Committed to the principle of student self-determination in the shared governance of the university, the Associated Students of CSULB seeks to facilitate the achievement of students’ educational objectives and life goals through programs, services, and facilities that advocate student needs and interests, compel student representation in campus decision making and provide students with resources that they identify as necessary for their intellectual, social and physical development.
Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit association organized under the university umbrella—run for students, by students. The mission of ASI is to improve the quality of campus life for students while enhancing their educational experience. Students automatically become members of ASI when they pay their mandatory student fees at the time of registration. Services provided by ASI to the CSULB community include the University Student Union, the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, and the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. ASI also funds various scholarships, major and minor campus events and programs, and supports a robust student-run media division which includes a weekly newspaper, TV station and state-of-the-art radio station.
ASI has a rich history of strong student leaders and executive officers who have been at the forefront of many university milestones. From the building of the University Student Union and Student Recreation & Wellness Center, to advocating for the 24-hour opening of the University Library during finals and the development of the first Disabled Student Services center on campus, ASI has been proud to be an important part of CSULB’s history.
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June 15, 1956, the Associated Student Body formally incorporated under the new name ‘Associated Students of Long Beach State College1956
Soroptimist House is constructed and donated to Associated Students for use by student organizations. It serves as the first “college union” for the campus.1957
Student body center
Students approve a fee referendum to finance the construction and operation of a “student body center”, later named the “University Student Union” through another student referendum.1965
First recycling program started with funding from Associated Students.1970
Construction of the University Student Union building is completed.1971
Roots of CDC
Associated Students begins providing childcare for children of students at the local YMCA. Program later moves to the Soroptimist House.1971
Isabel Patterson Child Development Center opens.1975
The Recycling Center facility built with funding from Associated Students and the City of Long Beach.1976
The Long Beach Union newspaper begins publication.1977
The Isabel Patterson Child Development Center expands. Construction of the “Dome” and an office building are completed.1986
The Isabel Patterson Child Development Center’s Infant/Toddler facility is completed.1994
Students approve a fee referendum to finance the renovation and expansion of University Student Union1995
The NEW USU
The $17M USU Improvement Project is completed, providing an additional 24,000 square feet to the facility.1998
K-Beach radio makes its first broadcast.1998
The “Beach Pride” referendum is approved, providing over $1 million in student funds for CSULB Athletics.2000
Intramural Sports Program becomes part of Associated Students and is later renamed "Intramural Sports and Wellness"2004
The "Dome" building of the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center is demolished and replaced with a new school-age program facility2006
New Fee Referendum
Students approve a fee referendum to finance the construction and operation of a new Student Recreation and Wellness Center set to open in 2010.2007
Grand Opening of the Student Recreation & Wellness Center2010
Beach Pantry Opening
Grand Opening of the Beach Pantry2016
ASI Pushes to Change LBSU Mascot
ASI President Jara and Vice President Almahdi worked closely with administration throughout 2018 and 2019 to change the mascot. Having received more than 350 concept submissions, nearly 13,000 votes from the greater community, and nearly 11,000 votes from the student body -- ultimately ASI recommended “Shark” as the final mascot concept, later ratified by President Jane C. Conoley.May 2019